Aidan Read came of age in the prologue to the 2016 Formula Masters China Series (FMCS) – a one-off winter meeting held in support of the Asian Le Mans Series (AsLMS) at the Sepang International Circuit (23-24 January).
The teenager from Perth in Western Australia made his international car racing debut in 2015 and hadn’t yet registered a victory in Asia’s leading entry-level single-seater category.
However, the Eurasia Motorsport driver was quick to correct that statistic, firstly achieving a race win from second on the starting grid on Saturday (23 January) and following that up with a pair of lights-to-flag victories in Sunday’s (24 January) double-header.
On paper the results look comfortable, but Read had to contend with a number of challenges on his way to the treble.
Notable fluctuations in ambient temperature that are typical of the Malaysian climate and large quantities of rubber deposited on the circuit by other categories combined to create changeable and unpredictable track conditions, although stiff opposition from Japanese racer, Tomoki Takahashi and fellow Australian, Thomas Maxwell, also kept Read on his toes.
A delighted Read said of his triple triumph: “I’m obviously really happy with the weekend and the results, but I am equally as pleased with how I feel I have developed from last year, showing much greater consistency over the race distances as well as some extra speed. This really sets up the season in Formula Masters China nicely for me and my Eurasia Motorsport team and, although I know the competition will be much tougher in the full race series, I have gained a lot of confidence from my performances this weekend.”